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A bright start to a brilliant career in Sydney and Perth

Working at Clifford Chance in Australia offers constant exposure to top-tier domestic work along with multi-jurisdictional matters from around Asia Pacific and our global network – opportunities that few firms in Australia can provide.

Our Australian practice was formed to help clients make the most of domestic and regional opportunities; Australia has a mature economy, substantial natural resources and long-standing business links with Asia Pacific markets.

Our local team of more than 160 people are leaders in their fields. They bring decades of experience, expertise and specialist knowledge to businesses looking to expand or defend their interests in Australia and around the world.

Clifford Chance Australia offers the resources, reputation, and market leading work for a Bright career in law. We're seeking the brightest Graduates to join our journey and thrive in our high-performing, collegiate teams.

Samantha Wong

Associate, Global Financial Markets, Sydney

I learnt about the firm’s secondment opportunities at the UNSW careers fair and I knew this was something I really wanted to experience myself.

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Max Beavis

Law Graduate, Corporate, Sydney

Our firm’s culture is tangible from the interview stage – unlike other firms you are given the opportunity to meet lawyers of all levels, this is refreshing as it gives you insight into the different personalities and backgrounds we have here and allowed me to decide whether this was the right firm for me. 

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Isabelle Cameron

Associate, Corporate, Sydney

During the Graduate Programme, I worked in the Antitrust and Competition, Corporate and Litigation and Dispute Resolution practices in the Sydney office and the Asset Finance team (which is part of the Global Financial Markets practice) on secondment to the Hong Kong office. 

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Vacation Clerkship

Our clerkship program is designed to provide you with a real insight to life at Clifford Chance Australia. Throughout the program, you will work alongside all levels of lawyers, including partners, while you assist with real-time matters and are given space to demonstrate your skills.

You will have two seat rotations, allowing you to experience different aspects of our key practice areas. Throughout the clerkship, you will hear from various departments, helping you to develop a comprehensive understanding of life at a leading international law firm.

The scheme will also host sessions from professionals across the firm to give you a real insight into how our firm works – from Finance to our Legal Technology teams. As well as showing you the things that matter to us, such as introductions and opportunities to be involved in our affinity groups ARCUS, Accelerate and REACH.

The program is one our key pathways to achieving a place on our renowned Graduate Programs – dates and how to apply are detailed below.

Graduate Program

As a Clifford Chance graduate, you become a valued team member from day one. You will be close to the action, with an active role in client relationships and business development early on. You will enjoy the challenge of working on a wide variety of international, market-leading and landmark transactions, often collaborating with colleagues from other offices and practice areas.

You will undertake four rotations that will include a combination of seats in our practice areas of Corporate, Global Financial Markets, and Litigation & Dispute Resolution.

Crucially, one of your seats will be an international secondment*, allowing you to gain real insight into how our cross-border collaboration contributes to our success and experience how other jurisdictions operate. Allowing Graduates to develop their personal network internationally is a key aspect of our firm's success and continued dedication to delivering the best work to our clients. Recent secondment destinations include Singapore, Dubai, London, Tokyo and Hong Kong.

We operate Graduate Programs in both of our Australian offices. On average, we introduce cohorts of 4 Graduates in Perth and 6-8 Graduates in Sydney annually.

* COVID restrictions permitted.

Graduate Program benefits

  • Competitive Salary
  • 20 days leave (with a bonus top up of 5 days annually)
  • Medical and Extras insurance schemes
  • Life assurance schemes
  • Forward-thinking parental leave policy
  • Clearly defined professional development program
  • Opportunity to work on cutting-edge projects in a world leading organisation


Clerkship Program: Taking place June/July 2023
Applications open: 4 July 2022
Applications close: 7 August 2022

Graduate Program: Starting in March or September 2023
Applications open: 4 July 2022
Applications close: 7 August 2022

Applications are only accepted via our Recruitment Portal; a link will be provided in due course.


Clerkship Programs

For 2022, we will operate two Sydney clerkship programs, taking place in Winter and Summer.

We are delighted to confirm that Summer program attendees will have the opportunity to visit our Singapore office a during the scheme. Applicants are encouraged to consider this if their availability allows. However, the Winter program remains available for those that prefer.

Winter 2022 – taking place from 27 June 2022 – 22 July 2022
Applications open: 7 March 2022
Applications close: 14 April 2022

Summer 2022 – taking place from 28 November 2022 – 20 January 2023
Applications open: 7 March 2022
Applications close: 14 April 2022


Graduate Program: Starting in March or September 2023
Applications open: 28 February 2022
Applications close: 10 April 2022


Applications are only accepted via our Recruitment Portal.

Meet us and learn more

Our diverse and talented people are at the heart of everything we are, and everything we do, we understand the importance of meeting and hearing from our people in helping you through the application process.

We offer different events that enable you to meet our people annually. More information can be found here.

We also run campus specific events in collaboration with Careers Teams and Societies annually, please check your Universities online noticeboard for updates.

ACCEPT Asia-Pacific

ACCEPT is a ground-breaking virtual event by Clifford Chance which provides an opportunity for LGBTQ+ students and allies interested in a career in law to hear from senior role models.

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What we look for

To be successful, you will need to demonstrate your potential to become a first-class professional, and your willingness to take advantage of the many opportunities that you encounter. You must exhibit ambition, drive and commitment and the desire to build relationships and deliver outstanding service. We're also looking for business awareness, a keen commercial insight, a strong ability to lead and manage and to clearly articulate your ideas.

Our candidates should demonstrate intellectual curiosity, common sense, and the capacity to quickly assimilate detailed information. When applying, consider how you can best demonstrate these qualities and provide examples from your education, work or extra-curricular activities.

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